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GER301 Choices and Options in Later Life (8)


Health and well-being in later life are the central themes of this subject. To illustrate these themes, the subject examines theoretical and practical issues associated with the life-style choice and self-determination of older adults. Three topic areas are elucidated: nutrition and ageing; education and learning in later life; reminiscence and ageing; and work and ageing. In addition, students will have the opportunity to select an additional topic area in their field of specialisation or interest.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
- distinguish between beneficent and authoritarian approaches to the promotion of self-determination for the older adult in lifestyle choice and provide examples of each;
- understand the roles of professional care-givers in providing support to older adults whose health status and ability to live independently is diminished.
- explain the relationship between health status and nutritional risk factors for older adults in the context of the topic on nutrition;
- explain the concept of "gerogogy" in the context of the topic on education and learning in later life;
- explain the central principles of reminiscence therapy in the context of the topic on reminiscence; and
- analyse an area of specialisation or interest apposite to the self-determination of older adults.


The subject will cover the following topics:
The syllabus will cover the following topics: - Self-determination for older adults: theoretical/ideological issues - Gerontological research on quality of life for older adults - Nutrition and the older adult - Education and learning in later life - Area of special interest - Reminiscence therapy and the aged


The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 14 December 2017. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.